Horror as boy, 5, dies after being left in sweltering car outside his school 'by staff member who he's related to' | The Sun

A BOY has died after being left in a sweltering car outside a school as temperatures pushed nearly 40C.

The five-year-old was found unresponsive outside the Texas school but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

The tragedy occurred outside the Dr. Americo Paredes Elementary in the Rio Grande Valley community of Mission.

La Joya Independent School District Chief of Police Raul Gonzalez said the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office received a call at just after 4pm on Thursday, KSAT.com reports.

Gonzalez said the boy was found in a vehicle that belonged to a staff member and he was related to that staff member.

The incident is under investigation by school district police, he added.


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The boy was taken to the nurse’s office first responders attempted CPR but efforts to resuscitate the child were unsuccessful.

“I ask the community to keep the family, our students and our staff at Americo Paredes Elementary in their thoughts and their prayers as they navigate through this tragic event,” said Superintendent of Schools Gisela Saenz.

She also confirmed that the child was a student at the school and said the death an isolated incident

Grief counsellors will be made available for students and staff.

Mission is a city of around 85,700 on the U.S-Mexico border near McAllen.

Children can quickly develop heatstroke and die in hot vehicles.

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Last year, 23 children in the US died of heatstroke in cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA.

This year there have been 18 deaths of minors, according to the website NoHeatStroke.org, which tracks cases

Earlier this year Everett Smith, who was 23-months-old died. after he was left all day in the heat in a school parking lot where his mom worked as a teacher.

The tragedy happened on Thursday in Bancroft, Canada, when the average temperature that day reached highs of 27.1C, CBS News reported.

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Considering that the car's temperature is significantly higher than the outside temperature, depending on the time passing, the Everett must have spent at least six hours in the hot car.

The toddler was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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